Easy and Elegant Meat and Cheese Board

A meat and cheese board is an easy and elegant way to elevate an appetizer from basic to gourmet.  Our favorite simple charcuterie board is filled with meats, cheese, veggies, olives, fresh fruit, crackers and more! Perfect for game day entertaining to holiday parties or late night snacking to dinner with the family!

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How to make an Easy and Elegant Meat and Cheese Board. Charcuterie boards are perfect for game day, holidays, parties or just any day of the week.

 

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As we move into the entertaining season, you may be making plans for having guests over. Hosting a gathering can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a headache.

I have partnered with Dietz & Watson to show you my favorite go-to food spread for any size gathering. A simple meat and cheese board paired with a favorite wine or beer really goes a long way to creating an impressive food spread. And the best part is, a charcuterie board can be the main course or an appetizer.

If you’ve never put together a meat and cheese board or a charcuterie spread, you may be wondering what exactly you will need.

Well, the secret is……… there’s no right or wrong way. When it comes to making a cheese board, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re pulling together a simple meat and cheese board or charcuterie plate,  simply use what you love and ENJOY! 

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This post is in partnership with Dietz & Watson. All views, opinions, and love of meat and cheese are all my own. Thanks to the brands, and readers, who help support TidyMom.

My friends at Dietz & Watson sent me a box full of their premium meats and cheeses and I couldn’t wait to dive in!

Both of our girls were home and the weather was perfect for sitting out on the deck enjoying our first taste of fall.  Everyone picked out their favorites then we had a great time putting our board together.  We laughed and caught up while we chopped and created something beautiful.

WHAT’S THAT THING THAT MAKES FAMILY …FAMILY?

Dietz & Watson believes the world will always need as much of that thing as it can get. That’s why they make the kind of food they do. Because more often than not, when that thing is happening there’s food in between. And they believe it should be good food. Food that primes the conversation pump. Food that says “Come as you are. Act like you do. And keep it up for like…forever.” <——- I LOVE that!!  #ItsAFamilyThing

Easy and Elegant Meat and Cheese Board.

Didn’t our meat and cheese board turn out pretty?

For this board we used:

  • Dietz & Watson Fontina Cheese Snacks
  • Dietz & Watson Yellow Cheddar Cheese
  • Dietz & Watson Buffalo Wing Cheddar Cheese
  • Dietz & Watson Prosciutto Panino Sticks
  • Dietz & Watson Hot Salame Panino
  • Dietz & Watson Baby Genoa Pepper Salame
  • Dietz & Watson Italian Dry Salame
  • Dietz & Watson Classic Beef Jerky
  • Dietz & Watson Seasoned Olives
  • Dietz & Watson Sweet Horseradish Pickles
  • Dietz & Watson Black Forest Ham
  • roasted red pepper hummus (or jam or mustard)
  • fresh veggies (we used cucumber slices)
  • fresh fruit (we used red grapes, figs, pear slices, and blackberries)
  • assorted crackers, pretzels, and toasted baguettes

I often use a round or rectangular wood serving tray, but you can use a cutting board, platter or even a small sheet pan to make meat and cheese boards. Honestly, no one will really even notice what you have used once you have it piled high with deliciousness.

Charcuterie boards are perfect for game day, holiday entertaining, parties or just snacking any day of the week.

Remember,  the key to a wonderful meat and cheese tray is for it to look overflowing. If you’re hosting a larger crowd, have some small plates for guests to place their food on – it’s a great way to get them to mingle and not hover over the food! Of course, a charcuterie tray makes a great centerpiece for a smaller crowd to sit around and enjoy along with the conversation.

Meat and cheese boards can be as fancy as you’d like, but most of the time, our boards are pretty simple and still look elegant. Pour some wine or beer and share the board with friends or family.

With a selection of favorite cheeses and some sliced meat, you can’t go wrong.

Now that you are ready to host the perfect meat & cheese tray for your guests, maybe you’d like to learn some amazing recipes you can make with Dietz & Watson premium products beyond the charcuterie tray!

Recipes made at the Dietz & Watson cooking class at Dierbergs in St. Louis, MO

In the past few weeks, I had the delicious opportunity to attend two Dietz & Watson cooking classes at Dierbergs School of Cooking. The food was phenomenal and the demonstration classes were a fun way to enjoy a meal and wine with some friends and sit back and let the instructor do the work.

We have always been committed to providing products that are both good and good for you. We only use the highest quality hand-trimmed lean beef, ham, turkey, and chicken breasts. We never use artificial colors, flavors, fillers, extenders, or MSG. Our steadfast commitment to quality and dedication to our craft drives us to perfect and preserve every little detail that makes us Dietz & Watson.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, you can take a Dietz & Watson cooking class too!!

Dietz & Watson is offering the ‘A Little Bit of Southern’ and an ‘International Style’ cooking classes at their cooking school in September and October. These classes are filling up quickly, so don’t wait to sign up:

All of the recipes are inspired by Kevin Nashan, chef and owner of Sidney Street Cafe, using local St. Louis ingredients. I also had the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Sidney Street Cafe. Chef Kevin Nashan is passionate about food…..all of the recipes at the restaurant and cooking classes just blew me away!  I can’t wait to make some of them for my family soon!

Be sure to let me know if you sign up for one of the cooking classes!!

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As you see,  it really is so easy to lay out an impressive spread that looks elegant and tastes amazing.

 

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Easy Meat and Cheese Board

A meat and cheese board is an EASY way to elevate an APPETIZER from basic to GOURMET. Charcuterie boards are perfect for game day to holiday parties or dinner with the family.

Ingredients:

  • Dietz & Watson Fontina Cheese Snacks
  • Dietz & Watson Yellow Cheddar Cheese
  • Dietz & Watson Buffalo Wing Cheddar Cheese
  • Dietz & Watson Prosciutto Panino Sticks
  • Dietz & Watson Hot Salame Panino
  • Dietz & Watson Baby Genoa Pepper Salame
  • Dietz & Watson Black Forest Ham
  • Dietz & Watson Italian Dry Salame
  • Dietz & Watson Classic Beef Jerky
  • Dietz & Watson Seasoned Olives
  • Dietz & Watson Sweet Horseradish Pickles
  • roasted red pepper hummus (or jam/chutney or mustard)
  • fresh veggies (we used cucumber slices)
  • fresh fruit (we used red grapes, figs, pear slices, and blackberries)
  • assorted crackers, pretzels, and toasted baguettes

Directions:

  1. First, add little bowls for pickles, olives, and hummus, jam/chutney or mustard. Next, arrange the cheese around the board. Add in the meats. Then, add the crackers, pretzels, and baguettes. Fill in the gaps with fresh fruit and vegetables. If you have room, you can also add dried fruits (we like apricots and bananas), nuts, and other assorted snack foods you enjoy. Admire your work, and dig in!
figure about 1-2 ounces of cheese and 1-2 ounces of meat per person

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